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2017 ORCV Melbourne to Devonport Race
Thursday, December 21, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Victorian Ports Melbourne have advised that 11 yachts will compete in the ORCV Melbourne to Devonport Race (the Rudder Cup) on Tuesday 27 December.

The race will start at 1430 hours local time in the vicinity of the Portsea Pier, then the yachts will sail through Port Phillip Heads, across Bass Strait to finish at the mouth of the Mersey River, Devonport, Tasmania.

At 1415, ORCV will broadcast an update of shipping movements on VHF Channel 12. All yachts in the fleet are required to monitor this broadcast and maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 until 3NM outside the Heads, then revert to Channel 16.

Two hours prior to the commencement of the race, the Race Director will contact Lonsdale VTS to determine vessel movements. The race start may be delayed for a short time to avoid shipping at the Heads.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Establishment of temporary virtual aids to navigation for Melbourne to Devonport race
Thursday, December 21, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Three virtual aids to navigation will be temporarily established in the Fairway through Port Phillip Heads for 12 hours from 11:00 on Wednesday 27 December 2017 until 23:00 on Wednesday 27 December 2017.

The virtual aids to navigation will be established to assist yachts competing in the 2017 ORCV Melbourne to Devonport Race (the Rudder Cup), detailed in the accompanying Aquatic Event Advice. Yachts will remain to the west of the virtual aids to navigation.

Positions for Temporary virtual aids to navigation are detailed below:

Identification Message: A – ORCV1
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 16.90’S / Longitude (WGS 84) 144 deg. 38.90’E

Identification Message: B – ORCV2
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 17.95’S / Longitude (WGS 84) 144 deg. 37.76’E

Identification Message: C – ORCV3
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 18.50’S / Longitude (WGS 84)144 deg. 36.80’E

The virtual aids to navigation will be temporarily established to assist navigation for outbound yachts participating in an ocean bound racing event. Competing yachts will be required to remain west of the temporary virtual marks.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution during the event period.

This notice is a direction of the Harbour Master pursuant to section 232 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)

The requirements of section 232(2) have been taken into account.

Victorian Notices to Mariners can be downloaded from the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) website www.vicports.vic.gov.au

Further details can be obtained from Melbourne VTS on VHF channel 12.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Victoria Notice to Mariners No. 356 (T) – 2017 dated 21 December 2017

New port tariffs for 2018
Thursday, December 21, 2017, Ghana
The Ghana Ports & Harbour Authority has issued new Port Tariffs that come into effect on 1 January 2018. All vessels calling at Tema and Takoradi will be charged as per the new tariffs from this date.

A full copy of the new tariffs is available at https://www.omagroup.com/media/5a33d71e3f317/Revised%20Ghana%20Port%20Tariffs%20-%2006122017%20v2.pdf

(For information about operations in Africa contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: OMA Group, Ghana – GAC agent

Marine Works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Thursday, December 21, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, marine works involving removal of temporary reclamation and construction of seawall will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.999’N / 114 deg. 11.092’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.008’N / 114 deg. 11.084’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.997’N / 114 deg. 11.059’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.014’N / 114 deg. 11.052’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.099’N / 114 deg. 11.201’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.083’N / 114 deg. 11.214’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.074’N / 114 deg. 11.203’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.064’N / 114 deg. 11.224’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including six dumb lighters, three tugboats and one work boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 15 metres around each lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 179 of 2017

New port dues set for three years
Thursday, December 21, 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The port dues for the port of Rotterdam have been set for the coming three years. The port dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years…

…The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Deltalinqs, VRC and VNPI have again decided upon a multi-year agreement. Rotterdam is using this conservative rate of increase in port dues to increase its competitive position among the surrounding sea ports.

The Port Authority has adopted these specific measures to strengthen Rotterdam’s position as a container hub. Over the coming years, the port dues for tankers carrying crude oil will again be set at 1.5% below the overall increase, as was the case in the preceding period. This means the difference between port dues charged on crude and, for example, those charged on mineral oil products will be further reduced. The inland shipping dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is going to update the system over this period in order to make it easier to use…

…The port dues apply to the sea ports of Rotterdam, Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Maassluis, Dordrecht and Moerdijk.

In 2016, the Port Authority received € 295 million in sea port dues and € 14 million in inland port dues. The other main source of income for the Port Authority, at € 349 million, comes from the rental and long-term leases of sites…

(For information about operations in Rotterdam, contact GAC Netherlands at agency.netherlands@gac.com)

Source: Extract from www.portofrotterdam.com

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